The Government will be spending some $35 million this fiscal year on a number of initiatives aimed at improving the economic welfare and delivery of services to the disabled community.
The provision comes under the Economic Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities project, which is slated to get underway this month.
It is being implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, with funding support from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
As stated in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, the allotment for this fiscal year, will go towards improving the delivery of special education services to poor children with disabilities, between the ages of zero to six.
It will also provide for organising and implementing a disability forum and Labour Inclusion Conference for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs); conducting Labour Market Study with a view to improve job access for PWDs; and conducting skills training activities for PWDs, with placement opportunities for 50 persons.
The project, slated to run until June 2016, seeks to increase the employability and skills development of poor persons with disabilities, ages 18 to 36 years, as well as improve special education services to poor children with disabilities.
By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter